THE UKULELE Orchestra of Great Britain, the world renowned all-singing, all-plucking, devotees to the tiny four stringed instrument, celebrated for their covers of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', and 'Pinball Wizard', are coming to Galway.
The orchestra, which last year celebrated 30 years together and who in 2016, will have been active for one billion seconds, play the Town Hall Theatre on September 9 at 8pm, as part of their The Gigasecond Tour.
The orchestra was formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, but their first gig was an instant sell-out, encouraging the group to keep going. By 1988 they had released an album, appeared on BBC TV, played at WOMAD, and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session. Eventually this led to international touring, and in recent years playing the Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, and New York's Carnegie Hall.
They have also collaborated with Madness, David Arnold, The British Film Institute, The Ministry of Sound, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens ) and The Kaiser Chiefs, and can count among their fans Michael Palin, Bette Midler, Brian Eno, Michael Gambon, and Jeremy Paxman. The orchestra's new album, The Keeper, has just been released.
The Independent has called them, "the best musical entertainment in the country"; The Observer declared them, "a much-loved institution”; while the late David Bowie called them "wonderfully clever".
Tickets are available from the Town Hall on 091 - 569777 or www.tht.ie